WhatsApp to end support for Windows Phone OS

WhatsApp to end support for Windows Phone OS

WhatsApp has just confirmed that it will end support for Windows Phone, as well as some older versions of Android and iOS.

WhatsApp Messenger will be ending support on some more mobile platforms to focus efforts on mobile platforms the vast majority of people use.

Popular messaging app WhatsApp have announced they'll be withdrawing support on thousands of phones.

In the meantime, the software giant is working on builds from the 20H1 branch, the feature update set to be released a whole year from now.

They also warned that some WhatsApp features might stop working at "any time" on these devices, which Microsoft discontinued in 2017. WhatsApp said in its blog post that after December 31, 2019, WhatsApp will be closed in Windows Phone.

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"Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time", the company wrote.

It should also be noted that WhatsApp support for Android versions 2.3.7 and older, and iPhone iOS 7 and older will also end after February 1, 2020. So, if you are using the Windows phone and you are reading this article you should plan your device upgrade now.

The operating system dipped to a 0.3 per cent of the market share by the end of Microsoft's third financial quarter in 2016. WhatsApp is working on a new application that will be coming to UWP (Universal Windows Platform) at some point. This, for reference, is against Android's 74.85 percent.

The UWP version of WhatsApp will be available for download from the Microsoft Store once it has launched, meaning desktops running Windows 10 S will also support the application. This means that in 2020, Windows Phone users will not be able to use WhatsApp on their devices.

By the end of 2018, WhatsApp had already ended support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1, Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6.

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